“Deepa Johnny is a revelation. The color of the voice is superb, with powerful bass and controlled treble. She takes to the stage with fever and confidence."
—Forum Opera, Carmen
“Rounding out the cast were Deepa Johnny as Barbarina, who made her LAO debut as Eliza in Omar and is a singer to watch”
— Seen and Heard International, LA Opera Le Nozze di Figaro
“This exceptionally strong ensemble had one other delicious standout in Deepa Johnny. Her showcase aria in the second act compares Omar’s writing on the walls of his jail cell to birds flying through the sky. She brought a lovely, bright, flutey mezzo soprano to the piece and her youthful joy was credible and sweet.”
— Parterre
“Mezzo-soprano Deepa Johnny as Cherubino gave a lovely account of the opera's most famous aria, "Voi che sapete”
—Broadway World

Biography

The formidable and sensual Carmen by Deepa Johnny, a young Canadian mezzo-soprano of Omani origin, caused a sensation on Friday at the premiere.

Radio Classique,  September 2023
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Omani-born Canadian mezzo-soprano Deepa Johnny gained recognition in major competitions whilst still studying at Indiana University; she was awarded the Andre Bourbeau Best Canadian Artist award and the ICI Musique People’s Choice award at the 2022 Concours Musical International de Montreal competition and was the winner of the Western Canada District of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She joined LA Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Colburn Stein’s Young Artist Program in the 2022/23  season, making her debut there to considerable acclaim in the role of  Owen’s daughter in Omar, a world-premiere by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels.

Omani-born Canadian mezzo-soprano Deepa Johnny gained recognition in major competitions whilst still studying at Indiana University; she was awarded the Andre Bourbeau Best Canadian Artist award and the ICI Musique People’s Choice award at the 2022 Concours Musical International de Montreal competition and was the winner of the Western Canada District of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She joined LA Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Colburn Stein’s Young Artist Program in the 2022/23 season, making her debut there to considerable acclaim in the role of  Owen’s daughter in Omar, a world-premiere by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels.

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“Mezzo, Deepa Johnny, makes the arc of Carmen’s story her energy, her lovers and her final death at the hands of Don Jose a compelling tale”

— Indiana Public Media

Upcoming Schedule

Aix en Provence, France

July 17, 19, 20, 21, 23

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

Festival d’Aix en Provence

Role debut as Penelope

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Houston, Texas

November 1 & 9

Cinderella

Houston Grand Opera

Role debut as Angelina in a shortened 90-minute English version of Rossini's La Cenerentola, directed by Isabel Leonard

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Lille, France

February 27, March 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Opéra de Lille

Role debut as Rosina

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“Venables’ score is at its most patient showcasing the vocal beauty of Deepa Johnny”

— New York Times, July 2023